New committee plans ‘rebirth’ of the Glens

Glenrothes Juniors committee: left, Mike Simpson, Jim Aitken, Pete McQuade, Paul Aitken, Dougie Cooper, Tony Shaw
Glenrothes Juniors committee: left, Mike Simpson, Jim Aitken, Pete McQuade, Paul Aitken, Dougie Cooper, Tony Shaw

The days when they pulled in crowds of thousands of fans and dominated the game in Fife may be a fading memory, but Glenrothes Juniors are taking the first steps back to making the club, once again, a centre of the community, reports MIKE DELANEY.

The Warout Stadium club were hot favourites to make the step-up to the top flight of junior football - the East Super League - for much of last season but a series of insipid performances saw them miss out on what would have been a lucrative promotion.

There were even fears about the very future of the club itself and those events were the cue for a mini-revolution at the Glens, which has seen major changes in both dressing and board rooms.

And, it’s been a case of so far so good with the team unbeaten in the East Premier League and having narrowly missed out on a place in the first cup final of the new season.

New chairman, Dougie Cooper, said: “It’s no disrespect to the previous management and committee at the club, who put in a lot of good work over the years, but we really needed a change.

“It’s been a lot of work and a massive learning curve for all concerned, but hopefully things are now back on track.

“The main aim is to return the club to what should be its proper place in the community and, also, to make it a sustainable organisation.

“We don’t have massive attendances, so we are looking at new ways of raising funds through ongoing sponsorship deals, like the ones we have with the Kingdom Centre and Specsavers amongst others.

“Similarly, we don’t have a lot of money to spend on the playing side, so what we are doing is developing links with youth football clubs like Glenrothes Strollers and Woodside Boys Club, who can provide us with players who we can nurture through a top quality coaching set-up.”

Glens appointed a new backroom team before the start of the season, with former players Ian Paterson and Raymond Allan - who was Glens’ goalkeeper when they reached the pinnacle of their achievements so far as they won the 1975 Scottish Junior Cup - leading what is almost a complete new squad, captained by striker John Martin, and a very youthful one.